Every NCERT Book You Should Read For UPSC Civil Services Examination

I am also in the same journey- the UPSC Civil Services Examination. Some of us start little ahead and naturally the new starters in the journey are eager to know what to read, how to read etc. for this examination. We are all full of curiosity. I did the same. I asked my seniors what books to refer and still always want to know that perfect strategy of how to approach each topic in the syllabus. May the best source may guide you on the strategy part, which is plenty now, and I wish you best of luck in your preparation.


In this post, I put a list of NCERT books that one MUST read when preparing for the civil services examination. Most of the time I get queries on this. This may be the one-stop solution to this query.

Your respective coaching institutes may ask you to read some extra NCERT books also. The ones I list here are the MUST READS, the core only. Whichever institute you join, you will be definitely asked to read these NCERT books for this particular examination. Therefore, if you want to read the NCERT books before joining a coaching institute, you can go ahead with the following:


Class 11 and 12

  1. Fundamentals of Physical Geography (New)
  2. Human Geography (New)
  3. India: Physical Environment (New)
  4. India: People and Economy (New)

Read along with an Atlas: Orient Blackswan School Atlas or Oxford Student Atlas for India.


  1. India’s Ancient Past by R. S. Sharma (OUP)
  2. History of Medieval India by Satish Chandra (Orient Blackswan)
  3. History of Modern India by Bipan Chandra (Orient Blackswan). (An excellent alternative to this book is Spectrum’s A Brief History Modern India by Rajiv Ahir

These are newly published books of old NCERT history books. Instead of buying the photocopies of the old NCERT history books, it is highly recommended that you buy these books.

Indian Polity

Class 11

  1. Indian Constitution at Work (New)

Indian Economy

Class 11

  1. Indian Economic Development (New)

Class 12

  1. Macroeconomics (New)

Indian Society

Class 12

  1. Indian Society (New)
  2. Social Change and Development in India (New)

General Science

New NCERT books from 6 to 10. For ecology part, Class 12 Biology (Unit 10, Chapter 13 to 16).

Environment and Ecology

Class 12

  1. Biology (New)- Unit 10, Chapter 13 to 16. The Unit on Ecology.

Class 7

  1. Our Environment (New).

This list provides the names of core NCERT books that you must read for UPSC CSE. If you find that the list is missing any core NCERT book, please don’t hesitate to provide it in the comment below.

For those who are looking for soft copies of these books- you can either google it or wait for an update on this post soon here.

Best wishes 🙂

Five Most Popular Fiction Books of 2016 You Should Read

“…And for god’s sake, don’t let me ever hear you say, “I can’t read fiction. I only have time for the truth.” Fiction is the truth, fool! Ever hear of “literature”? That means fiction, too, stupid.”

-John Waters

Some people just love books. These reading addicts are happy to be surrounded by books, to sleep and wake up with books. This season is for these people. To their happiness, Amazon India has just released the list of most popular books of 2016 based on customers’ votes. This is the list of most popular fiction books of 2016 by international authors. Some of these books include The Man Booker Prize winners. Your favourite writer may be there. Just check out! This list won’t disappoint you!

Definitely try the The Vegetarian by Han Kang and The Sellout by Paul Beatty.

Here goes the list-

#1 Cometh the Hour by Jeffrey Archer


Cometh the Hour by Jeffrey Archer is the sixth novel from the set of seven books written under the title of The Clifton Chronicles. First published in 2011, the series revolves around the life of Harry Clifton and people associated with him. While the first novel, Only Time Will Tell, talks about his life from 1920 to 1940. Cometh the Hour is all about family fortunes, struggles, political drama, love affairs and business mishaps.
Full of twists and amazements, Cometh the Hour is the second to last book in The Clifton Chronicles and is also New York Times bestsellers like the other books in the series.

#2 This Was a Man by Jeffrey Archer


The thrilling conclusion to the number one bestselling Clifton Chronicles.

This Was a Man is the captivating final instalment of the Clifton Chronicles, a series of seven novels that has topped the bestseller lists around the world and enhanced Jeffrey Archer’s reputation as a master storyteller.
In a devastating twist, tragedy engulfs the Clifton family when one of them receives a shocking diagnosis that will throw all their lives into turmoil.

#3 The Vegetarian by Han Kang


Yeong Hye and her husband are ordinary people. He is an office worker with moderate ambitions and mild manners, she is an uninspired but dutiful wife. The acceptable flat line of their marriage is interrupted when Yeong-hye, seeking a more ‘plant-like’ existence, decides to become a vegetarian.
Fraught, disturbing and beautiful, The Vegetarian is a novel about modern day South Korea, but also a novel about shame, desire and our faltering attempts to understand others, from one imprisoned body to another.

#4 The Whistler by John Grisham


The most corrupt judge in US history. A young investigator with a secret informant. The electrifying new thriller. On the heels of the runaway success of Rogue Lawyer, John Grisham delivers the high-octane suspense that readers have come to expect from the master of the legal thriller. With his latest novel, John Grisham takes his irresistible blend of legal savvy and page-turning storytelling to a whole new level. Filled with an unforgettable cast of characters and Grisham’s trademark twists and turns, readers will be kept guessing until the very last page.

#5 The Sellout by Paul Beatty


Born in the ‘agrarian ghetto’ of Dickens – on the southern outskirts of Los Angeles – the narrator of The Sellout is raised by a single father, a controversial sociologist and spends his childhood as the subject in racially charged psychological studies. Led to believe his father’s pioneering work will result in a memoir that will solve his family’s financial woes, he is shocked to discover, when his father is killed in a police shoot-out, that there never was a memoir. All that’s left is a bill for a drive-through funeral. Fuelled by this deceit and the general disrepair of his hometown, the narrator sets out to right another wrong.

Source: www.amazon.in (images and the content).